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The world’s largest gas-powered ferry

LNG Industry,

Fjord1 has entered into a contract with Fiskerstrand BLRT AS to plan and construct the world’s largest gas-powered ferry. The ferry will be delivered on 30 November 2011 for operation on Bokna Fjord between Arsvågen and Mortavika in Rogaland County. It will also function as a spare vessel for the Halhjem-Sandvikvåg route in Hordaland County.

The new gas-powered ferry was designed by Multi Maritime AS in Førde and will have a total length of 129.9 m, a maximum width of 19.2 m and a capacity of 242 cars and/or 22 lorries in combination with cars.

Environment-friendly solution

CEO Leif Øverland of Fjord1 highlighted the fact that this is a great achievement for the environment, since the natural gas powered ferries are very environment-friendly with reduced NOX emissions of approximately 90%. “The fact that the government focuses strongly on environment friendly forms of energy consumption in competitive tenderings is something we are very happy about.”

The ferry’s deadweight will be approximately 1300 dwt, and it will be approximately 7000 GRT. The ferry will be equipped with four azimuth thrusters driven by a gas-electric system consisting of three large LNG gas motors and AC generators. The gas motors will give a service speed of approximately 20 knots.

The hull and start equipment of the new ferry will be constructed at Western Shipyard, and the remaining equipment will be constructed by Fiskerstrand Verft AS. Fiskerstrand BLRT AS aims to be the leading provider of concept development and construction for medium sized ferries in Europe, and this contract confirms this goal.

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